There is no I in team:
No one builds a business alone. You NEED a support system in place to get you through those tough days. Having someone who will listen to you is invaluable, having someone to go to for help and advice can be the difference between success and failure. Whatever your support system looks like, make sure you identify it early and use all of the help, support and tools out there.
Do your research.
When starting a business, you need to become an expert in your industry, field, product or service. Without research you could spend valuable time and money on an idea that nobody actually wants or needs. You need to know everything you can about the market that you are looking to enter to give you the best possible chance of success.
Have a clear vision and write a business plan:
A business plan is something that you will definitely need. It helps you to follow through with your vision while providing a measurable structure to give your business structure. A business plan helps to secure funding (most banks etc… will not even consider you without one) it acts as blueprint for what your business will become and helps you keep on track, it guides your daily operations and it helps you to identify any obstacles that may occur.